Questions regarding the relationship of a story going from book format to movie format.

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To which degree do dubbed versions of Shakespeare adaptations consult existing official translations?

When watching dubbed versions of Shakespeare plays adapted into film (that use the original dialogue, as opposed to loose adaptations) and translated into my language, they are of course dubbed in a ...
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Did Vishal Bhardwaj want to make Shakespearean trilogy from the start?

Vishal Bhardwaj made three films based on Shakespeare, Maqbool (2003) based on Macbeth, Omkara (2006) based on Othello and Haider (2014) based on Hamlet; collectively know as Bhardwaj's ...
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Have any of Edgar Allan Poe's stories been adapted for the screen?

Edgar Allan Poe was arguably one of the greatest writers of the 19th century, his works spanning a wide range from gothic horror to tragic poetry to slapstick humour, while also including possibly the ...
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Why is the blackmail scene in Fight Club different from the book?

In Fight Club, why is the blackmail scene different in the movie from the version in the book? Was this script changed for screenplay, or rather the director? What was the motivation here for the ...
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How does the Macbeths' child add to their characterization and does it have a precedent?

Even before the witches appear Justin Kurzel's 2015 adaptation of Macbeth actually starts with Lord and Lady Macbeth and their household at the funeral of a child. From the looks on their faces and ...
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Why is the TV Daario Naharis much less flamboyant?

In the book, Daario Naharis is described as such: Daario keeps his beard cut in three prongs, all dyed blue. His eyes are blue and his curly hair is dyed blue. His mustachios are painted gold and ...
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Roman Mysteries: differences between books and TV adaptation?

The Roman Mysteries book series by Caroline Lawrence, published between 2001 and 2009, is a sort of ancient-history version of Enid Blyton, featuring four children who act as detectives solving ...
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How many adaptations of his books has John le Carre appeared in?

In the recent BBC TV series adaptation of John le Carre's novel The Night Manager, the man himself made a cameo appearance in one of the scenes, placing his seal of approval on the adaptation. The ...
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What is the difference between the ending of the novel Kimball Ravenswood and the movie 'What's Your Raashee?'?

What's Your Raashee? is based on Madhu Rye's novel Kimball Ravenswood. It is said that the film has a different ending than the novel and than the older adaptation Mr. Yogi (TV series), too. I do ...
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Did The Big Short movie change names or conflate characters?

The movie The Big Short is based on the true story of the 2008 financial crisis as told by Michael Lewis in his book of the same name. The movie does a very good job of telling a story full of ...
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Is there a reason to use a two word phrase in the Harry Potter movie for the “Lumos” spell?

In the Harry Potter movies the editors sometimes decided to make the "Lumos" spell from the books sound a bit longer. The actors say "Lumos Maxima" instead of just "Lumos". Is there a special movie-...
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Three Days of the Condor - communications protocols. Script vs movie adaptation

Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor has always been one of my favourite movies, not only in regards to the spy movie genre but in general. I have known for a long time that the novel on which ...
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What was the first book-to-film adaptation?

I've been doing my research about film adaptation. The object is a novel and film of "To Kill a Mockingbird". Now, I've seen on wikipedia that the first film that ever been adapted was Greed in 1924 (...
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Where is Hannibal's extra finger?

In the TV series Hannibal, a prequel to Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal clearly has a normal set of digits. But, in the book Hannibal, set after Silence of the Lambs, there is great discussion about ...
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When making a movie on a book, is the author of the book present?

I have always wondered if the author of a book is present when making a movie. For example, the new movie Scorch Trials that just came out is so much different from the book, that it is hard to ...
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Why was 'The Hobbit' split into three films?

So, I kinda always just assumed that splitting such a short book into three films was a money-grubbing move, and frankly, I wouldn't be entirely surprised if that was at least part of the reason that ...
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Was there any further relevance to the triceratops' desease?

During our protagonists' first drive through Jurassic Park they come to a sick triceratops. One of the park employees says that she gets sick every 6 weeks and they don't know why. Dr. Sattler deduces ...
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How loyal has Cronenberg been to the William S. Burroughs book Naked Lunch?

I want to know which parts and concepts in the movie Naked Lunch are based on the book and which parts are added by Cronenberg. For example: killing the wife twice by gun kiki's character and his ...
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Was “The Black Echo”'s diegetic existence merely a nod to the books or an element from the books?

When Bosch spends the night with Brasher in his hill house overviewing L.A. and she notes that it is quite a view for a detective, he says that "Paramount payed that view". He tells her that the movie ...
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Has an attempt ever been made to film The 3 Investigators series of books?

As a huge fan of the 3 Investigators my interest has been piqued to discover whether a television series or film has ever approached production and been subsequently cancelled. Any information at ...
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What has changed in Season 5 of Game of Thrones compared to the books?

It has been a while since I read the books, but season 5 feels totally different from what I remember. I don't remember Sansa being raped (she wasn't in Winterfell), Tyrion meeting Mormont and Jaime ...
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When was the first time an author directed the adaptation of their own book?

Stephen Chbosky wrote The Perks of Being a Wallflower and also directed the movie adaptation. Has this been done before?
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Why didn't Hans Huberman slap Liesel in the movie, like he did in the book?

I have read (The Book Thief) right before watching the movie. I know there are a lot of changes to make the adaption from novel to screen possible, but I couldn't help noticing that Hans Huberman ...
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How is the Wachowskis' interpretation not up to the mark according to Alan Moore?

Alan Moore didn't acknowledge any film adaptation of his work positively but why did he say that the Wachowskis' film adaptation of V for Vendetta is themed like Bush-era and not like the original ...
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What will happen when the TV series catches up with the books?

The TV show Game of Thrones is approaching it's 5th series and is rumoured to be adapted from A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, these are the 4th and 5th books of the Song of Ice and Fire ...
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How many seasons of Game of Thrones will there be by the time it finishes?

Does anyone know how many seasons the Game of Thrones TV series will run for before it is concluded, and will this match up with the number of A Song of Ice and Fire books? If so, is each book ...
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Is Miss Moneypenny's character altered in the movies?

Has the character of Miss Moneypenny in the movies Skyfall, or the upcoming Spectre, been altered at all from its source material (the Ian Flemming novels)?
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How faithful is “American Sniper” to the book?

I loved American Sniper, but one thing that bugged me was that his spotter was always depicted as a lazy do-nothing. In the real world, snipers work as a two man team and the spotter is just as ...
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Were Neville's feelings for Luna foreshadowed earlier?

During the Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 after his run from the shattered footbridge, an adrenaline-struck Neville Longbottom runs up the stairs where he meets ...
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When is it safe to watch The Hobbit while reading the book? [closed]

So, I've read that the first movie covers the six first chapters of the book, and it features some parts from LOTR (either book or movie, I'm not sure). But since I'm still reading The Hobbit (book), ...
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Is James Bond explicitly described as caucasian in Ian Fleming's books? [closed]

There is currently some controversy over the subject of James Bond's race since a minor celebrity has stated that Idris Elba would not be a good casting choice because James is "caucasian". Was James ...
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What are the key differences between the movie Edge of Tomorrow and the original book?

Edge of Tomorrow is based on a original Japanese book, All You Need is Kill (I still think that would also have been a better movie title). In some of the answers about the movie there are hints ...
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Why did Kubrick avoid a direct explanation to “Clockwork orange”'s meaning?

I am curious about a significant difference between the book and the movie of "A clockwork orange". In the novel by Burgess, "A clockwork orange" is a sort of meta-title; when Alex and his friends ...
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Did this quote from the book appear in any of the Jurassic Park movies?

The following quote is from the Jurassic Park book, spoken by the character Ian Malcolm: Most kinds of power require a substantial sacrifice by whoever wants the power. There is an apprenticeship, ...
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Has any Philip Jose Farmer books been adapted for movies or TV?

I am a big fan of Philip Jose Farmer books, has anyone heard of any of his books or short stories being adapted for movies or TV?
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What are the methods of including a character's thoughts in an audiovisual medium?

When adapting a written medium (such as a novel or comic book) to an audio-visual one, a common difficulty is presenting what the character is thinking on-screen, as most fiction is presented from the ...
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What determines when a book will be split into multiple films?

Over the last few years more and more book adaptations are being split into multiple films corresponding to a single book, to name a few: The Hobbit (One book, three films) Breaking Dawn Mockingjay ...
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What fighting skills does Sherlock have?

I have been watching the British TV show Sherlock and it has got me intrigued about the the character. Sherlock is mostly depicted as an extremely intelligent and sharp individual whose brain ...
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Why did the Great Gasby (2013) movie erase the hints of Nick Carraway's homosexuality? [closed]

This question is about the two-oscar winning movie Great Gastby (2013) that was co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann. Only after I had seen this extraordinary movie and found out that F. Scott ...
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Has the book 'Non - Stop' by Brian Aldiss ever been adapted for film/tv?

Non-Stop from Brian Aldiss is a sci-fi novel I've just read and would like to see if anyone has used it as a base story for a film, or even maybe a TV episode (Star Trek for example). As far as I'm ...
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Does the White Walker induction ceremony exist in the books?

On what basis or with what reference was the White Walker induction ceremony included in the Game of Thrones episode "Oathkeeper" (S04E04) and where is it referred to in the books?
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Why was the character Coldhands not introduced in Season 4, when he was in the books?

In the book A Dance with Dragons; Coldhands is the one who leads Bran and the rest to the Three Eyed Raven, but in the TV series Game of Thrones this character is never introduced. Why is that? There ...
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What is the purpose of the changes to Game of Thrones show?

After finishing the fourth season of the the Game of Thrones show I was a little put off by the consistent divergence from the original storyline in the books. Before I had already resolved to ...
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To which degree was the image of the “Angel of Verdun” influenced by Jeanne d'Arc?

After Rita Vrataski proved herself a war hero in the battle of Verdun prior to the events of Edge of Tomorrow she became known and advertized as the "Angel of Verdun", a symbol of hope and a possible ...
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Assassinations during the christening in The Godfather

In the film Michael has the heads of the other four New York families assassinated. These include Barzini, Tattaglia, Cuneo and Stracci. In the novel, it is only Emilio Barzini and Philip Tattaglia ...
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Why did the film change the name of the alien invaders for the movie Enders Game?

The launch of the movie version of Ender's Game was beset by controversy caused by the anti-homosexuality views of Osron Scott Card, the author of the original book. The book doesn't itself contain ...
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How long did it take Ahmed to learn the Norse language and was that true to the source material?

One thing I always wonder when watching The 13th Warrior is, how Ahmed learns the Norse language so fast. While I for myself could make some sense out of certain words, it must be significantly harder ...
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Is the role of Colonel Race true to the novel?

Having seen Death on the Nile for many times, it only occured to me recently that the role of Colonel Race, played by David Niven, doesn't seem to serve much more than being a slightly more "socially ...
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Why use the Feds rather than the US Marshals in The Family?

In The Family, the Blakes/Manzonis are American nationals in a witness protection program in Normandy, France. However, they are guarded by the FBI rather than by US Marshals as is normally the case. ...
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Why was the family's viewpoint not shown in the movie?

At the beginning of Captain Phillips we see some scenes of him together with his wife Andrea, driving to the airport and talking about their children. Later his family is mentioned rather rarely, he ...